Silicon Valley startups are more likely to hire men than large IT companies, the Financial Times reported Friday.
The FT analyzed 500 IT startups with fewer than 100 employees in the San Francisco Bay area, resulting in only 23 percent of women in the total workforce. Ten of the largest IT giants, including Apple, Amazon, Oracle, Airbnb, and Twitter, had 36 percent more women.
Silicon Valley has struggled to attract female employees. This phenomenon was particularly criticized as sexist, especially in engineers and other technical professions.
Theoretically, companies that have not settled in the past few years should be able to address the gender imbalance problem more than companies with thousands of employees because there are only a few dozen employees. Experts say, however, that there are too many companies missing the time to ignore the issue of equality.
“Start-ups do not look into these issues early enough,” said Mina Hassan, founder of venture capital firm K2 Global. “Start-ups are a problem for big corporations like sexual assault prevention education, I do not think it’s a good thing to build it. ”
Aaron Levie, Chief Executive Officer of Boxing, an online partner company founded in 2005, said companies should think about “diversity” from the “first day.”
Startups are more urgent to survive. Companies that are small in scale and have not yet proven their potential are hard to catch the best talent. Ensuring adequate diversity is a priority.
In Silicon Valley, diversity and gender equality issues have once again surfaced on the scene after Uber, a recent car caller, was criticized by former and current employees for ignoring women in the workplace.
“This is not an unexpected problem,” said Anthos, vice president of business message company Slack. “It’s a very men-centric and testosterone-like environment.
One difficulty with early-stage Silicon Valley companies is that they have a high percentage of computer science majors, most of whom are male at the start of the business, and later add easier functions to hire women, such as marketing or operations.
According to the FT survey, the proportion of women in technology occupations in 10 major IT companies was only 18.3 percent.